Sensory Dark Rooms are also sometimes referred to as UV Rooms or UV Blacklight Rooms. For users with visual impairments, who would ordinarily not experience much visual stimulation, a sensory dark room provides an exciting, novel experience as the products in the room glow furiously under UV light. Dark rooms can be extremely useful for undertaking visual assessments and helping occupational therapists to understand the extent of a user's visual ability. From there they can then be used to develop visual processing, tracking skills and hand-eye co-ordination. The increased level of reward can really encourage users to learn and interact.
Dark rooms should be painted in a dark colour, usually very dark blue rather than black, and finished with blackout blinds to enable the UV and white-coloured contrasting products in the room to glow under UV light and provide stark contrasts. Experia can provide advice on the best way to set up your dark room, or indeed any sensory room, from advice on the best type of wall, floor and window coverings, to electrical plans, advice on heating and ventilation, and much more. Contact us to speak to one of our sensory advisors about how an Experia UV dark room can help your users. As well as the two UV Dark Room packages listed below, Experia also provide a wide range of additional UV dark room products to enhance your sensory dark room.